Clinical Psychology Training Program Seminar Series


4/7/2014, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.




Jennifer Sawaya, (415) 221-4810, x6342

Panelists will share clinical material and reflections on navigating complex interactions with patients in which their personal identities inevitably impacted the course of treatment.

At times, a patient’s discomfort with a particular ethnic group becomes a significant focus of treatment. This issue is particularly challenging when the therapist identifies with this group, or is perceived by the patient as having membership in this group. Conversely, when patient and therapist share a common heritage and experience, the therapist’s over-identification with the patient may influence their clinical interventions, boundaries, etc.

This panel presentation is sponsored by the SFVAMC Diversity Committee in joint collaboration with UCSF. No RSVP required - all mental health staff and trainees are encouraged to attend!

Panelist Bios:

Ricardo F. Muñoz, Ph.D. is a depression prevention and treatment researcher and Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University.  From 1977 to 2012, he was professor of psychology at the School of Medicine of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), based at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), where he served as Chief Psychologist for 26 years. Dr. Muñoz has been the recipient of many awards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from UCSF and the George Sarlo Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UCSF Department of Psychiatry.  He is now Professor Emeritus at UCSF.  He has been a pioneer in the development of Internet interventions for health since the 1990’s and was a founding member of the board of directors for the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions from 2010 to 2013. He has most recently founded i4Health, an institute dedicated to developing, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based psychological interventions in multiple languages for people worldwide using Internet sites and mobile applications. Dr. Muñoz immigrated from Perú to the Mission District in San Francisco in 1961, at age 10. He did his undergraduate work at Stanford and his doctorate at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He was the first psychologist to join the faculty of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital in 1977. In 1985, he founded the SFGH Depression Clinic, the first cognitive-behavioral service at UCSF. He became Chief Psychologist at SFGH in 1986, and Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program from 1992 to 2012. His research focuses on the development of prevention and treatment interventions for depression and applications of these methods to help people stop smoking. He founded the UCSF/SFGH Latino Mental Health Research Program in 1992. He began work on international randomized trials via the Internet in 1998, and founded the UCSF/SFGH Internet World Health Research Center in 2004. He was the PI on the first randomized controlled trial to prevent major depression. He has served on both Institute of Medicine committees which produced major reports on prevention of mental disorders in 1994 and 2009. His latest contributions to the area of prevention of depression include articles in the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology (2010), the American Psychologist (2012), and a chapter in the Handbook of Depression (2014).

Patrick Reilly, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of California San Francisco and the former Director of Mental Health at the Santa Rosa VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. He received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University in 1989 where he was an American Psychological Association Minority Fellow. He has worked with Veterans at the VA for more than 23 years and has been a mental health clinician for 35 years. He recently received special congressional recognition from Congressmen Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman for outstanding service to Veterans and their families. He has received several awards including the 2008 Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers Award for Excellence in Diversity Training; and the American Psychological Association, Division 18, VA Section, Outstanding Administrator Award for 2002; and an Apex Award for publication excellence for his work with anger management.

William Q. Hua, Ph.D., is a psychologist in the Infectious Diseases and Liver clinics at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, where he provides psychosocial and behavioral support for veterans living with HIV and/or hepatitis C (HCV). He also mentors providers to provide specialty HIV and HCV mental health care to veterans living in rural communities through the Specialty Care Access Network Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (SCAN-ECHO) program. Prior to coming to the San Francisco VA in 2013, Dr. Hua received specialized behavioral medicine training through the Palo Alto VA Health Care System psychology internship and fellowship programs. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine from the University of North Texas-Denton/University of North Texas Health Sciences Center. Dr. Hua is also a co-founder of a nonprofit organization called Here to Hope which focuses on promoting health and education for both HIV-positive and HIV-negative children living in children’s homes in Guyana, South America. In 2010, he was recognized by the American Psychological Association for his local, national, and international work in reducing stigma and improving wellness in persons living with HIV/AIDS.


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